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The domestic life of Thomas Jefferson : compiled from family letters and reminiscences by his great-granddaughter

Author: Sarah N Randolph
Publisher: New York : Frederick Ungar Pub., ©1958.
Series: Thomas Jefferson : a comprehensive, annotated bibliography (by Frank Shuffelton); Thomas Jefferson and slavery (bibliographic project); American classics (New York, N.Y.)
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The private Jefferson, by his great-granddaughter. Still useful, often reprinted. -- Frank Shuffelton.

Recalls the private side of a public family. Although the letters are included in the numerous editions of Jefferson's papers, the work's unique quality derives from the anecdotes and personal comments of Jefferson family members. -- Marilyn K. Parr (Library of Congress, A Selected List of References).

The author of this book uses both letters from Jefferson's lifetime and additional commentary to present a thorough summary of Jefferson's life. Strictly personal aspects of Jefferson's life such as his early memories, family, and education are all described. The letters shed light on parts of his later life such as his extended stay in Europe and political offices (Secretary of State, Vice President, and President) he held. His actions regarding and opinions on political issues of his time, namely the American Revolution and later the French revolution, are also explained. Included are letters describing the building of Monticello as well as daily life there. Footnotes that explain relationships between family members unclear in the letters are provided throughout the book. -- Reilly Kayser and Jeri Kent (Monticello High School Scholars Program, Spring 2003).

In this compilation of letters and "reminiscences" by his great-granddaughter, Jefferson is portrayed as a person. Descriptions of his daily activities put less of an emphasis on a founding father, and more of one on a Virginia landowner. Slavery, however, is mentioned but briefly, and does injustice to an unbiased portrayal of Thomas Jefferson. -- Melissa Wilks and Alexander Wray-Kerr (Monticello High School Scholars Program, Spring 2003).  Read more...

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Genre/Form: Biography
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Randolph, Sarah N. (Sarah Nicholas), 1839-1892.
Domestic life of Thomas Jefferson.
New York, Ungar [1958]
(OCoLC)563945179
Online version:
Randolph, Sarah N. (Sarah Nicholas), 1839-1892.
Domestic life of Thomas Jefferson.
New York, Ungar [1958]
(OCoLC)609361338
Named Person: Thomas Jefferson; Thomas Jefferson; Thomas Jefferson; Thomas Jefferson, président des Etats-Unis; Thomas Jefferson
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Sarah N Randolph
OCLC Number: 425279
Notes: Reprint of the 1871 ed., with an added chronology.
See later editions (1939 to 1967) for addenda material by Mary R.B. McAdie on the Thomas Jefferson Randolph family and the Randolph sisters, the school at Edgehill and the Patapsco Institute, including images of the family at Edgehill and genealogical tables.
Description: 432 pages : illustrations, portraits, plans, facsimiles ; 24 cm.
Series Title: Thomas Jefferson : a comprehensive, annotated bibliography (by Frank Shuffelton); Thomas Jefferson and slavery (bibliographic project); American classics (New York, N.Y.)
Responsibility: Sarah N. Randolph ; with an introduction by Dumas Malone.

Abstract:

The private Jefferson, by his great-granddaughter. Still useful, often reprinted. -- Frank Shuffelton.

Recalls the private side of a public family. Although the letters are included in the numerous editions of Jefferson's papers, the work's unique quality derives from the anecdotes and personal comments of Jefferson family members. -- Marilyn K. Parr (Library of Congress, A Selected List of References).

The author of this book uses both letters from Jefferson's lifetime and additional commentary to present a thorough summary of Jefferson's life. Strictly personal aspects of Jefferson's life such as his early memories, family, and education are all described. The letters shed light on parts of his later life such as his extended stay in Europe and political offices (Secretary of State, Vice President, and President) he held. His actions regarding and opinions on political issues of his time, namely the American Revolution and later the French revolution, are also explained. Included are letters describing the building of Monticello as well as daily life there. Footnotes that explain relationships between family members unclear in the letters are provided throughout the book. -- Reilly Kayser and Jeri Kent (Monticello High School Scholars Program, Spring 2003).

In this compilation of letters and "reminiscences" by his great-granddaughter, Jefferson is portrayed as a person. Descriptions of his daily activities put less of an emphasis on a founding father, and more of one on a Virginia landowner. Slavery, however, is mentioned but briefly, and does injustice to an unbiased portrayal of Thomas Jefferson. -- Melissa Wilks and Alexander Wray-Kerr (Monticello High School Scholars Program, Spring 2003).

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